Fifth seed Riya Bhatia came from behind to edge Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadre in three sets and move into the quarter-finals of the Lagos Open in Onikan, Thursday afternoon.
Quadre had the perfect start, though, playing superbly to break the Indian four times in the first set and run away with it. But Bhatia would find her groove in the second set and held firm for the remainder of the contest to secure victory.
The Indian, ranked 499 in the world, will next take on No. 2 seed, Sandra Samir, who handed Blessing Samuel a double bagel.
Elsewhere, Africa’s No. 1 junior player, Sada Nahimana of Burundi, defeated Tamara Curovic 6-4, 6-1 to set up a quarter-final meet with Dutchwoman, Lexie Stevens.
Stevens outlasted young gun, Isabella Kruger in straight sets. After toughing out a tight first set win, Stevens raised her level, as she broke the South African twice in the second set to register a 7-6(5) 6-3 win.
Isabella’s sister, Zoe Kruger also went out, falling 6-2, 6-3 to talented Slovenian, Nastja Kolar in 68 minutes. For a place in the semifinals, the 5th seeded Kolar will go head-to-head with Fanny Ostlund of Sweden, who shocked India’s Sowjanya Bavisetti 7-6(2), 6-0.
On Court 7, 4th-seeded Indian, Rutuja Bhosale sent her countrywoman, Sathwika Sama, packing with a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 victory. Bhosale will play 6th seed Laura Pigossi of Brazil, who beat Nika Kukharchuk 7-5, 6-2, in the quarter-finals.